Emily Visser

Hometown

Lynden, Washington

The Story

SCHOLARSHIPS I RECEIVED

  • Hometown/local scholarships
  • Presidential Scholarship
  • Distance Grant
  • Athletic (Cross Country/Track & Field)

FAVORITE SPOT ON CAMPUS

Wherever my friends were

FAVORITE CLASS

Photography with Doug Burg

A CONCEPT THAT BLEW MY MIND

My junior year, I took “Calling, Task, and Culture”: a class designed to prepare students to go out into the world and be disciples. One topic we discussed was sexuality. We covered a wide range of topics, such as how far is “too far” and how we should talk about sex with our friends/family or in churches/schools. While we never fully answered the question, the discussions opened our eyes to some real problems, and how to wrestle with and address them.

COOL THINGS I DID AT DORDT

I worked for the DC Business Club as their graphic designer/marketer. Through this, I was presented with many opportunities to work for businesses or organizations outside of Dordt, such as the International Listening Association. I also worked in the Career Development Center, doing everything from posting jobs online to creating marketing materials.

OBSTACLES I'VE OVERCOME

During my time at Dordt I had my fair share of relationship heartbreaks, friendship struggles, and academic challenges. However, each of those things taught me a different lesson about who I was and who God wanted me to be. Without each and every one of those trials, I would not be who I am today.

WHO I WAS WHEN I CAME TO DORDT

I was excited for a fresh start. I had gone to school with the same people in K-12, so my identity was static throughout grade school. At Dordt, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to be exactly who I wanted to be, and to be friends with whomever I wanted. I remember the sense of freedom in knowing that my future was completely in my own hands.

HOW DORDT IMPACTED ME

My experience at Dordt had a huge impact on who I am today. In high school, I had very few girl friends, which was difficult. In college, my circle of friends grew to include more than 10 girls, all of whom were there for me whenever I needed them—something that I'm still getting used to! I was also completely responsible for my education and future career, not only academically but financially. This caused me to have a stronger work ethic, to try hard to earn good grades and graduate early, and to recognize that the opportunity to attend Dordt was an amazing gift.

WHAT'S NEXT FOR ME

I am currently working at American State Bank in Sioux Center, Iowa, as a Marketing Coordinator. I plan to move to Denver in May of 2018 and look for a job in marketing there.

WHAT I WOULD TELL PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

I based my decision to come to Dordt first and foremost on the community. There are so many opportunities waiting; if you try to network and get connected with other people, so many doors will be opened to you.

HOW DORDT HELPED ME DO MORE

The community at Dordt presents so many opportunities for each student. I was able to connect with fellow students, professors, and community members through my church and off-campus job. Those connections brought me more opportunities to further God's kingdom and to see God's provision in my life.